In Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson relates Job’s penchant for distorting reality calling it the reality distortion field. I call it delusional leadership. Steve Jobs created a powerhouse company, and a lot of collateral damage along the way.
Leaders who operate from a delusional state could be considered psychopaths, Machiavellian or narcissistic. In the book Snakes In Suits, Paul Babiak and Robert Hare refer to this as the dark triad of subclinical psychopathy, discuss the differences, and note that psychopaths are at the mean end of the spectrum. The methods of the corporate psychopath make it difficult at times to assess the difference between the ordinary use of power and influence by leaders, and the psychotic underpinnings of manipulation and exploitation used by corporate psychopaths.